KEDS

Shoes – Keds / Dress – dRA / Hat – Brookes Boswell / Wrap – Sakura Bloom

I’ve always loved Keds? for their classic and timeless style.  I think the older I get the more I appreciate simplicity in all things, but especially in my wardrobe.  White is always a color I gravitate to during the summertime.  I love these classic white leather Keds paired with a simple white dress.  White on white mixed with natural accessories is a no fail look in my opinion. And not to mention these shoes are the most comfy!  I have a feeling the next few months for me will be a bit chaotic getting used to life with three kiddos, it’s nice to have some shoes that can last me throughout the day.  Sweet Quincy girl just turned 5 weeks old and although she has had a rough start with nursing and gaining weight, we are finally on the right track and she’s doing so much better.  She definitely likes to be held so I have been wearing her around everywhere….strapped to my chest like a little koala…but I kind of love it.  I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky with this girl.  She has made our family complete and I am nothing but thankful.  I need to write down her birth story here soon before I forget all the details!

I hope you all are enjoying these last days of summer!  Rylee just started kindergarten and it’s blowing my mind how quickly time is passing me by! Seriously, life can slow down now ;)

* this post was sponsored by Keds


FINAL COUNTDOWN

Dress – Sisters of Nature / Mules – Freda Salvador

Hopefully the last photos I will have with this bump!  Final countdown in on! Finding it hard to fit in anything these days other than leggings or mumu dresses.  This dress is the exception and hopefully one I’ll wear long after my preggo days! :)

 


TYSA DESIGNS

Tysa Frida Frock / Nomah Project Hat

Tysa Designs has been a favorite of mine for years.  I remember being pregnant with Cru 3 years ago, I lived in a few of her maxi dresses. They are definitely not maternity dresses and I’ve worn them long after, but their flowy maxi’s do lend themselves nicely to a big ‘ol belly!  This babe has been cooking for 37 weeks now and to say I am ready is an understatement!  Not really in the sense that I have everything prepared…but just that my body feels like it could give birth any minute now.  The last 4 weeks are quite a treat aren’t they!?  haha.  I am still working and trying to wrap up projects at Rylee & Cru before she arrives so I can take a few weeks off after she arrives.  But I am trying not to set too many expectations for myself…as everyone has been sure to tell me how hard it is having 3  kids, and especially having 3 kids and working.  I know it will all work out in one way or another…..I will just have to take it one day at a time.  I’m hoping she and I will both be feeling healthy and strong and ready to take on the challenge.  Wish me luck :)

One perk of having an auto immune condition is that I get to see her cute little face in ultrasounds more often than most.  I got to see her a few days ago and they said everything was looking great.  Weighing about 6 pounds and seemingly very healthy.  Considering all of my own personal health issues over the last two years, I am so grateful my body has been able to stay relatively strong throughout this pregnancy and give her all the nutrients she needs to thrive.  I’ve put on a lot more weight this time around (even though I’ve actually eaten less and probably healthier this pregnancy) but someone decided to remind me of that the other day which made me feel pretty crummy.  “Oh wow, you’ve gained some weight haven’t you!?” was the exact phrase he used.  I laughed and said yes but in my head all the bad thoughts started creeping in.  I got in my car and some tears welled up in my eyes….but I quickly pulled myself out of that self loathing state and instead reminded myself that I am growing a human and how incredible my body is to even be able to do that.  I’ll take all the extra butt dimples if it means I get a healthy beautiful babe at the end of all of this. Some people say the most stupid things to pregnant women don’t they!?  Oy…when will men learn ;) Anyway…doing my best to stay positive these last couple of weeks! I can’t wait to meet her!!


33 weeks

Dress by Sisters of Nature

Well time has certainly slowed down these last few weeks!  I guess that always happens at the end…I’m just so ready to meet this little person I’ve been carrying around for so long.  But here we are at 33 weeks and that much closer to meeting this baby girl….(who sadly still does not have a name…but we are getting close!) haha.  Sam and I have been (very slowly) putting together the nursery for her the last few months and I’m just crossing my fingers we can get it finished before she arrives.  Because I know good and well that nothing will happen after she comes home with us and we are thrown into that infant stage again where a successful day means actually getting out of my pajama’s and remembering to eat breakfast.  So for now, I am trying my best to enjoy my sleep and check things off the to-do list and spend as much time as I can with my two “big” kids!  Which has made me somewhat of an emotional mess lately.  Time just goes by so quickly and here I am ready to send my first born to kindergarten.  It feels like just yesterday we were bringing Ry home from the hospital!  It’s been almost three years since we’ve had an infant in our house and I seem to have forgotten what I actually need for a newborn!  Question for the new mamas: what are the latest “must-have’s”!?  What couldn’t you live without those first six months?  If you have any suggestions or tips or products you’ve loved,  I’d love to hear about them!

Photos by Jackie Wonders


Simply Sophisticated Summer

Banana Republic off-the-shoulder topWilla Hat / Strappy Sandals / Denim

You guys, the weeks are just FLYING!!! Rylee’s last day of Pre-K is tomorrow and then it is officially summer break and in about 8 weeks, give or take, we will have a tiny little newborn in our arms!!? It still seems a little unreal!  I know I’ve talked about it before, but this pregnancy has definitely done a number on me!  SO much different, and in so many ways harder, than my other two pregnancies.  Likely a combination of my age, it being my 3rd child, and still working just as hard as always….I’ve felt very little motivation to look cute and put together every day, which is usually something I really enjoy.  I just feel so exhausted and my body image is not exactly at it’s peek (quite the understatement).  The scale keeps ticking up and I officially weigh more than I ever have in my entire life….which feels weird and uncomfortable. BUT, I am trying hard to put the shallow thoughts about my body behind me and be thankful for this healthy baby girl that is growing in my belly, because it really is such a miracle.  All that to say, I have done some serious closet cleaning and have gotten rid of a ton of clothes that I just didn’t ever wear.  The older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and the idea of “less is more”.  I suppose my husband (the ultimate minimalist) is rubbing off on me, finally,  after 8 years of marriage :)  Of course, I saved a lot of my favorite pieces that I can’t currently fit in with the hopes that I can wear them again….but I did get rid of anything I hadn’t worn in over a year.  Which was shockingly a lot of stuff!  My go-to’s the last few months have been flowy dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, and a solid rotation of my favorite maternity denim.  There is something about a crisp white blouse and worn denim that is so timeless and it’s a look I will always love.  And then pair it with a natural woven hat and some strappy sandals and you have a very simple but sophisticated summer look.  This entire look (minus the denim) is from Banana Republic, which is such a great place to find simple well-made blouses and other summer staples.  I’ve always loved them for their classic tees and I’ve been eyeing this little white dress for a while now….I’m thinking I should snag it and hang it on the wall as my inspiration to get back into shape after this baby is born! haha.  I have a feeling I’m going to need all the inspiration I can get.

*in collaboration with Banana Republic